When I’m looking at supplements, I try to find the purest ones, because vitamins and supplements are actually the most artificial, processed foods in my diet. So I’d normally look at pure fish oils, but when I saw the Barlean’s Omega Swirl on sale, I couldn’t resist.

(Retail price is $26.35 or a 16oz bottle, which is 47 servings. I think I paid about $18.)

What this is, is like a fish oil smoothie. It has a good dose of fish oil, but with some additives to make it actually taste good. (If you’ve ever taken straight fish oil liquid, you know that “good taste” and “fish oil” don’t usually go together.)

I just had to try it out of curiosity…

Barlean’s Omega Swirl Health and Nutrition

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Omega Swirl is a combination of cod liver oil and other stuff mixed in to give it a “smoothie” texture and the “lemon zest” flavor.

Per serving values are as follows:

Omega-3: 985mg (365mg EPA and 365mg DHA, 255mg other)
Omega-6: 320mg
Omega-9: 970mg

That’s a pretty good amount of Omega-3 per serving, considering most regular pills and liquids are about 200-600mg Omega-3 per serving.

Unfortunately, you’re also consuming some Omega-6 fatty acids (which are usually considering pro-inflammatory, so you don’t want to go overboard with them.) But that’s really not that bad because you’re still getting a net of 665mg Omega-3.

I’m neutral on the Omega-9 because I have no problem with them, but probably don’t need more than I already get.

Note: You probably have plenty of Omega-6 in your diet already. It’s found in healthy foods like nuts and seeds, as well as virtually all processed foods and fast food. Omega-9 is also found in nuts, and is plentiful in olive oil, which you should be getting every day. In contrast, Omega-3 is harder to come by, typically found only in cold-water fish and the foods in their diet. Hence the importance of supplementing just Omega-3.

Other ingredients include Vitamin A and Vitamin C. One thing to mention is that this is sweetened with xylitol, a low-calorie sugar substitute. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol, so it’s not risky like artificial sweeteners; some studies even show dental health benefits from xylitol.

This adds up to 45 calories per serving, which is more than you’d get with pills, but it’s a small price to pay for the Omega-3 health benefits.

Since I mentioned faster recovery times in my other fish oil reviews, I should mention it here: I’ve been taking fish oil for a while and I didn’t notice better recovery when using this specific product. Likewise, I didn’t notice a huge drop in recovery ability.

So if you don’t regularly take fish oil, you might feel better in an overall healthy sense, as well as notice that you recover from exercise quicker than usual. But you never know.

Barlean’s Omega Swirl Taste Test

If cheaper brands of fish oil have scared you off, you’ll really have to trust me here – this stuff tastes great!! The lemon-flavored fish oil actually tastes like lemon meringue pie.

It does leave a light aftertaste, but it’s a lemon aftertaste, rather than a fishy aftertaste. And there is no weird oily residue left in your mouth and throat.

The texture is thick, like an oily smoothie. It doesn’t just dump out onto the your teaspoon; you squeeze it out, so you don’t have to worry about spilling it.

Again, it’s WAY WAY better tasting than other fish oils that are plain. I normally take the pills, but I did try the liquid before, and I was not pleased! Even the Carlson Very Finest Fish Oil, which is supposed to be the best-tasting fish oil, tastes putrid compared to Barlean’s Omega Swirl.

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My final verdict is…

While pharmaceutical grade capsules are generally the most pure form of Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and what I’d recommend for elite athletes, and any brand of softgel pills are typically healthier than a flavored, sweetened liquid, this Barlean’s Omega Swirl seems pretty good.

It should provide enough Omega-3 for recreational athletes (or elite athletes, if you double the serving size,) so if you don’t swallow pills and can’t stand the taste of plain fish oil, Omega Swirl is a tasty way to take fish oil.

Official website: www.Barleans.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com


Product Review Details
Company: Barlean’s
Product: Barlean’s Omega Swirl Fish Oil
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2012-06-16
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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3 Comments
  1. This stuff really does tastes great!

  2. This is truly the best tasting fish oil I have found. My son loves it!

  3. It is very tasting yet healthy at the same time! My daughter has adhd and she hates taking pills period so i tried this out and boom! She loved it.
    Thank you omega swirl alot!

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